FMF – Purpose

It’s that time of the week.  The time where a flash mob of writers get together and write on a one word prompt.  Then we all come back to link up and read each other’s words and comment and support each other.

This week’s word is purpose.  And GO.


The dictionary defines it like this.

the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists

The Bible defines it like this.

Exodus 9:16

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth

In other words, I was created to proclaim the power and name of God throughout the earth, to all the world.

I’ve really struggled recently with “what exactly is my purpose in life?”  I get really tired of being just a mom and just a wife.  Sometimes, I want to be “more.”

So then I start wondering what “more” means.  And it’s not being a big shot actress or a wonderful singer.  It’s not about being a world class researcher or famous artist.

Being more means praising God with my whole heart, my whole being.  My more in this instance, is to bring glory to God and doing what he asks me to.  Even if it’s just being the best mom that I can to my children.  Even if it’s simply praying for my friends when I tell them I’m going to, instead of saying it and never doing it.

My purpose is to give God the glory.  And that’s what I purpose (have as one’s intention or objective) to do.  STOP


Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


[eta]  Alright, so I’ve now had 4 people remind me that I am more than “just a mom.”  Please understand that first of all, this is a free form writing exercise.  I very rarely have a plan for what I write, and it usually comes out as I’m writing.  So please remember that the words are just flowing from my fingers.

Secondly, I understand that as a mother, I have a grand purpose and design.  But as someone with a bachelor’s degree, I expected to not be a stay at home mother.  I thought I was going to go places and do things and have a career.  And when we struggle to pay bills on time, I often think about finding a job outside of the home. 

I am not negating the importance of being a mom.  But I want to be a person outside of being a mom, and sometimes that gets a bit lost. 

Third, the purpose of this writing was to remind myself and maybe you what my purpose in life is, and that is to worship God with my whole being, and in my heart and in my words and my thoughts.   Please don’t get wrapped up in my own struggle for validation that you miss the point.  God is the point.  He is always the point. 

I believe He asked me to stay home with my children, and I have.  I believe He asked me to teach them, and I have.  I believe He has asked me to be a part of the Renaissance Festival so that I could be an example to others there, and so I will be participating for a third year.  I do everything for Him. 

Including being “just a mom.”


10 thoughts on “FMF – Purpose

  1. My friend, you are a mom (not ‘just a mom’). You are a wife (not ‘just a’ wife). You are a princess, a child of the king. Take pride and satisfaction in what you are called to do NOW–that is your purpose. That verse from Colossians says it all, doesn’t it?! I need to meditate on that one, for sure!


  2. Melinda, I agree with Anita. We moms are not “just”moms. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world’s vision of “more” and lose the beauty and simplicity of being more in the callings He’s already blessed us with. Glorifying God–you can’t do much more than that, now can you? We? Great post, friend!


  3. Did you read Jennifer Dukes Lees post this week? You are not “just” a mom. But I can understand why somedays you feel that way. I’m your neighbor at FMF this week.


  4. Dear heart, I will chime in with the other commenters. You are not ‘just’ anything – you are Melinda Hollis, uniquely created to delight Almighty God.

    Without you, His Creation would not be complete.


  5. What is your degree in? Does it have a purpose? Or does God have another purpose for you to be able to work outside the home part time perhaps? I didn’t feel content as a full time stay at home mom either. I went back to work slowly half days and now work 3 half days a week. It is just enough to feel like I’m using my degree and making a little money to contribute the extraneous variables of our budget. Love, Jenn
    p.s. I love secular music and Christian music. I just know Ed toes the line with some lyrics/topics…but they are so real and wonderful.


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